A Night at the Opera


Release Date 1935-11-08
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A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera is a 1935 American comedy film starring Groucho Marx, Chico Marx and Harpo Marx, and featuring Kitty Carlisle, Allan Jones, Margaret Dumont, Sig Ruman, and Walter Woolf King. It was the first film the Marx Brothers made for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after their departure from Paramount Pictures, and the first after Zeppo left the act. The film was adapted by George S. Kaufman, Morrie Ryskind, and Al Boasberg from a story by James Kevin McGuinness. It was directed by Sam Wood. A smash hit at the box office, A Night at the Opera was selected in 1993 for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". It is also included in the 2007 update of AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies, at number 85; and previously in AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs 2000 showing, at number 12.

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Actors & Characters

Groucho Marx Groucho Marx Otis B. Driftwood Otis B. Driftwood
Leonard Marx Leonard Marx Fiorello Fiorello
Harpo Marx Harpo Marx Tomasso Tomasso
Allan Jones Allan Jones Ricardo Ricardo
Kitty Carlisle Hart Kitty Carlisle Hart Rosa Rosa
Margaret Dumont Margaret Dumont Mrs. Claypool Mrs. Claypool
Walter Woolf King Walter Woolf King Lassparri Lassparri
Sig Ruman Sig Ruman Gottlieb Gottlieb
Edward Keane Edward Keane Captain Captain
Robert Emmett O'Connor Robert Emmett O'Connor Henderson Henderson


Merritt B. Gerstad Cinematography
Sam Wood Director
Edmund Goulding Director
William LeVanway Editor
Herbert Stothart Music
George S. Kaufman Writer
Morrie Ryskind Writer